A smile that’s missing teeth shines a little less brightly. If you’re bothered by one or more missing teeth, Tam Dental Group can help restore your smile (and in most cases, your confidence) using the latest techniques. Dental implants are considered the gold-standard solution for this concern, and we can help you determine if this or another technique can give you the function and the esthetics you’re after.
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Benefits
- Dental Implant Options
- Dental Implants Procedure
- Dental Implants Cost
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a type of dental restoration used to replace missing teeth with natural-looking and long-lasting results. These implants are made of a titanium post, which is placed into the jawbone when you are sedated; an abutment that sits on top of the post; and a dental crown that provides a finished look. Durable and appealing, dental implants are the most often recommended solution for one or more missing teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often used in lieu of traditional removable dentures, as they can provide a number of advantages. Some of the benefits dental implants offer include:
- Jawbone density preservation
- Natural-looking results
- Stable, secure fit that allows you to eat and speak comfortably
- No rubbing or irritation on the gumline or soft tissues
- Long-lasting, potentially permanent results
- Easy maintenance (brush and floss normally and attend regular dental checkups)
What Are My Dental Implant Options?
Dental implants come in many types, and the right technique for you will depend on how much natural jawbone density you have, your personal preferences, your budget, and other factors. Dr Clarence Tam and our team can help you figure out which method is your optimal choice.
Single Tooth Replacement
Each missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant in a one-to-one exchange. Whether you have one, several, or all teeth missing, this approach could be suitable for you.
Also known as implant-anchored dentures, implant dentures, and implant-secured dentures, implant-supported dentures are designed to provide full or partial replacement of an arch (upper or lower, or both). This method uses a few dental implants secured to a denture appliance for improved fit and function.
All-on-4® Teeth in a Day
A type of implant denture, All-on-4 uses four dental implants and a denture appliance to replace all the missing teeth on the upper or lower arch. In some cases, six implants may be needed to achieve the best result, in which case it is called All-on-6.
What Should I Expect During the Dental Implant Procedure?
Your initial consultation and evaluation are the first steps, and at this meeting we will take lots of images of your oral structures to determine if you have enough jawbone material for the procedure and which technique is best for you. We will also identify the ideal locations to place your implant posts for stability and durability. While the placement of the implants can sound a little bit scary, you don’t have to worry. We offer sedation dentistry options to put you at ease, and you should not feel any discomfort during the implantation process. Once the posts are in place, temporary dental crowns will be attached to the abutments, so you’re never without your smile. The healing process can take some time and there will be a few restrictions until you get your final dental crowns, usually in six to nine months. After that, you should be free to eat as you please, and no one will be the wiser about the origin of your beautiful teeth.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The price of dental implants will depend on the complexity of your treatment plan, the number of dental implants you need, whether you are using a denture appliance, and other factors. Generally speaking, each implant can cost between $6,000 to $7,000, including both surgical placement and restorative phases. During your initial consultation, we will go over the full anticipated cost of your program, so you are well-informed before beginning.
Bothered by missing teeth? Tired of traditional removable dentures? Let us help you find a solution that makes smiling enjoyable again. Call us today to schedule a consultation.